Druids Glen - Louise & Paul

Below is a selection of shots that I hope tells a story of Louise and Paul’s wedding day on November 2nd.

I don’t know if it was meticulous planning paying off or not, but these two were completely unflappable throughout and it really hit me when going through the photos afterwards that they had the biggest, most genuine smiles on their faces the whole day long. Louise and Paul are a great example of a couple enjoying their wedding day to the max. They seemed as stress-free as could be, even though they had their two-year old daughter Jessie to think about on top of everything else. But even Jessie remained supremely calm under the care of her doting grandparents.

The day began in Louise’s family home in Raheny, before the ceremony in the local church, All Saints*, and a quick stop for portraits on the wooden bridge at Dollymount Strand. The reception - featuring a full-on ceili - was held in Druids Glen in Wicklow.

After sending the gallery I received this lovely email from Louise…

“Hi Stephen,

Just a quick little note as we drive home from Wexford, the photos are absolutely fantastic, we are absolutely thrilled! My favourites are Jessie spotting Paul as she walked up the aisle and then hugging him, I sent those ones to his Mum and she texted back that she was in tears crying! 

You captured so much and worked tirelessly and we are forever grateful for everything.

Take care,

Louise and Paul”

Thanks so much for having me folks. You - and your families - were a pleasure to deal with every step of the way.

*While waiting outside for Louise to arrive, I was proudly informed by the friendly caretaker that this church was where Bono married a Raheny girl back in 1982. It was also the scene of Red Hurley’s nuptuals - his bride kept him waiting for an hour apparently.

Glasson Country House Hotel Wedding - Suzanne & Paul

When I started out on this wedding photography path in late 2017, Suzanne and Paul were the first couple to book me (armed with zero evidence that I could actually shoot a wedding), and so it fittingly comes to pass that their Glasson wedding on June 21st is the opening entry on my blog.

I'd been really looking forward to this one, and from the minute I pulled up at Paul's house in the morning and encountered his Great Dane, Bubba, until I staggered back to my car in a daze late that evening (sober), it didn't disappoint. 

The ceremony took place in The Nativity of Our Lady church in Naul, Co. Dublin and the reception was in Glasson Country House Hotel in Co. Westmeath, with a quick detour to Ardgillan Castle in between.

Thank you S & P for taking that leap of faith. I’ll leave you with a few kind words from Suzanne.

“On our wedding day, Stephen arrived at Paul’s house early in the morning and was still snapping away until nearly 12 that night. He put in a huge amount of work that day, and when he sent us our photos we were delighted! Every time we look at them it brings us right back to the happiest day of our life. Thank you Stephen for doing such a wonderful job.”

Wineport Lodge Wedding - Joan & Wolf

When Joan contacted me first, we didn't know each other at all, but it turned out we grew up a few miles from each other in Longford and over the course of a long phone call it became apparent that we knew a lot of the same people. It was like catching up with an old friend. So when I arrived at her family home in the morning it was to a really warm welcome. As an added bonus, her Dad Mike knew pretty much everyone on my Dad's side of the family. As a documentary wedding photographer you need to be able to blend in so well that people almost forget you're there and I felt so included that this side of the job took care of itself.

Wolf comes from Alaska and his family and friends had made the trek all the way from Anchorage to Wineport Lodge, bang smack in the middle of Ireland. He met Joan in Brussels, where they both work, and their Belgian circle had made the journey too. 

So this was a unique Longford/Alaska/Belgium mash-up and I felt on the day that it was vital to capture the faces, the interactions, the emotions of the people who had come all that way to see Joan and Wolf get married. It's what documentary wedding photography really boils down to - the people. Some of them might not see each other again for a long time so hopefully these shots have captured something of what they felt.

Finnstown Castle Wedding - Cheryl & Sean

Cheryl and Sean’s wedding in Finnstown Castle Hotel back in July was a real pleasure to photograph. It took place in the middle of the heatwave and everything just seemed to flow perfectly, all day long. From the moment I met Cheryl and then Sean, I could tell they were laidback characters who were determined to just make the most of every hour that lay ahead and throw a great party for everyone closest to them. I love it when a plan comes together.

As the day wore on I almost felt like a guest with a camera at this one to be honest, just wandering wherever my craic-detector led me. And these guests knew how to let their hair down which made it hard for me to leave that dancefloor. This night needed documenting.

Here are a few kind words from a review Cheryl gave me -

We chose our photographer because... “Stephen is fairly new to weddings but when I looked at his portfolio I really loved his style. We really wanted a casual laid back photographer to capture us and our guests more naturally while still doing the obligatory wedding group shots. He understood this perfectly, and now, looking at our photos we absolutely love that we and our guests are relaxed, chatting, smiling and laughing in most of the pictures. He is a father himself, so was absolutely brilliant with our son Finn and caught beautiful shots of him during the day. He went above and beyond what was expected of him and stayed until late into the night so we have fantastic guest dancing shots.”

Thanks for having me C & S, and all the best for the future.